TIA Reminds Toy Companies to Take Action in VT and CT

April 21, 2014 | The Toy Industry Association (TIA) is reminding toy companies with business operations in Vermont and / or Connecticut to join together with TIA in taking action against flawed chemical bills under consideration in those states. 

Legislative Progress
Advocating on behalf of the toy industry makes a difference: Thanks in large part to the TIA members that joined TIA’s advocacy team for in-person meetings with Hartford legislators on March 24th, progress on House Bill 5354 (the identical companion bill to Senate Bill 126) stopped at Connecticut’s Public Health Committee and will not advance in the House. However, TIA still needs the industry’s help in expressing concerns with Senate Bill 126.
As previously reported, Vermont Senate Bill 239 and  Connecticut Senate Bill 126 would result in arbitrary lists of products that contain certain “chemicals of concern.” The legislation would result in additional testing costs for toy companies, which would be required to report and publicly list any products containing the identified chemicals. There is also the potential for fees per chemical and chemical/material bans. 

“Swift action is still needed to prevent the passage of the highly flawed and unnecessary bills in these states,” said Ed Desmond, TIA executive vice president of external affairs. “Toy companies must already comply with strict federal toy safety laws and regulations that are in place to protect children. Individual state laws do not improve product safety; instead, they make compliance very difficult and costly for small and medium sized businesses.”

TIA member companies and their employees are encouraged to take action as soon as possible by sending pre-loaded and editable letters to their local Vermont and Connecticut legislators (companies must submit their contact information and then simply edit the second paragraph of each letter to provide company-specific information):
  • Click here for the letter opposing SB.239 in Vermont
  • Click here for the letter opposing SB.126 in Connecticut
TIA members will be kept apprised of developments. 

Background information and details about TIA’s lobbying efforts on the Vermont and Connecticut bills can be found online in TIA’s Weekly Federal and State Update from April 18, 2014. Access this report and other free legislative resources for TIA members only in the Laws, Regulations and Legislation section of the website (scroll to bottom of page, under “Resources”). Member log-in is required to access certain resources.